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How Annette Bening Is Dangerously Radical

As I watched Bening portray Dorothea Fields in “20th Century Women,” (which should finally be her Oscar-winning role) a fresh, radical idea came to me …

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The Effects of Divorce on Children

How My Parents’ Divorce Turned Me Into Jason Bourne I Always Thought I’d Make a Good Spy. Like Jason Bourne, I’d speak fluent English, French, Russian, Dutch, German, Swedish, and Spanish; my other special skills would include hand-to-hand combat; a

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Why Cory Monteith’s Death Breaks Moms’ Hearts

He’s the boy you want your daughters to fall in love with. Tall, affable, unthreateningly handsome — like a schoolboy with his shirt untucked, playing tag on the lawn after Sunday school. He’s the boy who is polite when meeting

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I “Heart” David O Russell

I met David O Russell Yesterday! He’s the writer/director of Flirting With Disaster, The Three Kings, I “Heart” Huckabees and The Fighter, info for all you non-film geeks. While I won’t go into the details of why I met with him —

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Demi Moore Encounter

It’s official. Demi Moore drinks the blood of virgin Alsace choir boys. I was waiting for a meeting in premiere Hollywood agency CAA for unknown and mysterious reasons, which I will only report should something meaningful happen. As I checked

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My First Book! Into The Child

Here it is. My newborn baby in its attractive swaddling. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to Netflix Donnie Darko. Get yours at Amazon HERE!

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Lunch At Bergdorf Goodman

I love New York City.   I love the way it smells like bagels and urine. I love that it causes sweat to run in rivulets under my butt and breasts in the sticky August heat. I love the whistling

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Katie Holmes: Her Desperate Plea to Stay-At-Home Mom!

(Note: This post is back by popular demand) The problem with being a mom in L.A. is that we’re celebrity magnets. Stars — who spend their lives jetting to location on the Seychelles where they down copious amounts of Cristal

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I Don’t Want to Grow Up

One of my daughters wakes up crying and goes to sleep crying. My other daughter wakes up happy and goes to sleep happy. According to a report by John Stossel on 20/20it’s a simple matter of brain chemistry. Some people

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Is Angelina Jolie an Ice Queen Mom?

Cashier: Ma’am, are you buying that? Shannon: Me? What? This Star magazine? Oh, no no, I don’t read gossip magazines. I’m a college graduate; English Literature with a minor in Nuclear Disarmament. Shannon’s Internal Monologue: (“Angelina Jolie has a Nanny who tells

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I’m Co-Dependent with Octomom

I’m worried about Octomom.  Fourteen kids. Eight of them are 2.  Yesterday I threw my daughter’s tights at her when she STILL hadn’t gotten dressed after I’d asked her several times. I only have two kids. I’m 46. I have a master’s degree. I’ve had

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Celebrity Stalkers — BlogHer "Voice of the Year 2011" Honoree in the Humor Category!

The problem with being a mom in L.A. is that we’re celebrity magnets. Stars — who spend their lives jetting to location on the Seychelles where they down copious amounts of Cristal Brut “Methuselah” and Magic Mushrooms while having meaningless (albeit

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AMERICAN IDOL: 5 Reasons It’s Better To See It On TV Than To Be In The Audience

And the winners are — 1. You won’t get sick and tired of JLo accusing you of trying to steal her People Magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman in the World title during the commercial breaks. 2. You don’t have to refuse

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Celebrity Stalkers: Is Katie Holmes a Scientology Prisoner?

  Needy Katie The problem with being a mom in L.A. is that we’re celebrity magnets. Stars — who spend their lives jetting to location on the Seychelles where they down copious amounts of Cristal Brut “Methuselah” and Magic Mushrooms

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